Charles Krauthammer was honored Tuesday with the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, given annually by News Corp in honor of former New York Post editorial writer Eric Breindel.
In his acceptance speech, Krauthammer praised Fox News for creating an "alternate reality" on TV:
I said some years ago that the genius of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes was to have discovered a niche market in American broadcasting -- half the American people. The reason Fox News has thrived and grown is because it offers a vibrant and honest alternative to those who could not abide yet another day of the news delivered to them beneath layer after layer of often undisguised liberalism.
What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality.
Murdoch and Ailes, along with former Vice President Dick Cheney, toasted Krauthammer at a private lunch at Washington DC's St. Regis hotel Tuesday afternoon.
"We think he's the outstanding conservative journalist in the country at the moment," Murdoch said to Fox News' Shannon Bream.
"Charles is a genius," Ailes said. "No matter how complicated the issue is, he is able to crystallize it in a way that nobody in America can."
"He has been, over the years I've known him, I would say the outstanding columnist in Washington," Cheney said. "The one I always read because I enjoy what he's got to say."